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We have grown quickly in recent years, enhancing our reputation and increasing turnover, which now stands at almost £100m. Now an established Top 30 national law firm, we have eight offices, the latest of which opened in Manchester, in January 2009. Our growth has been driven by a commercially driven strategy of seizing opportunities in a changing market, while at the same time staying close to our clients and providing them with the best possible legal advice. At the same time, we have developed an excellent work/life balance alongside an enterprising culture, one that has acted as a magnet for some of the brightest and best legal talent. It is this that has enabled us to expand organically. Culture and brand help us stand out, and our strong values programme is reinforced at every job interview, promotion opportunity, and performance and development review. We believe that a service-oriented, client-centred law firm stands the best chance of thriving as the much anticipated Legal Services Act approaches, and the significant changes it will bring. And in February 2010 we announced Access Legal from Shoosmiths, a new brand bringing together more than 100 consumer services in seven areas: conveyancing; employment law advice; legal disputes; medical negligence solicitors; motoring law; personal injury solicitors; and Wills, family and wealth. Its aim is to make legal services easily accessible to consumers, while at the same time complementing Shoosmiths' corporate client offering.

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Mark v Marc: Adidas accuses Marc Jacobs of trade mark infringement

Adidas recently filed a claim in the US against Marc Jacobs for allegedly infringing its iconic three-stripe trade mark, in a case which highlights the importance of avoiding the use of pre-existing marks in order to prevent your business from becoming involved in costly trade mark litigation.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 20 May 2015 | Practice Area: Trademarks

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How each political party's policies will affect retailers

With the conclusion of the general election campaign now upon us, the Conservatives and Labour remain neck and neck. But what will the results mean for British retailers? To give you an idea of what to expect, this briefing sets out the Conservatives and Labour's key policies for the retail sector.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 06 May 2015 | Practice Area: Sale and Supply of Goods and Services

The employer's choice: each political party's employment policies in focus

Employers face an uncertain few months, with the general election inevitably set to result in a change to the political landscape. So what does the future hold for employment law? In this briefing, Shoosmiths summarises each of the parties' positions on the key employment law issues.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 01 May 2015 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

The Scrabble v Scramble trade mark dispute: a jumbled decision?

The appeal against the High Court's ruling in the closely watched Scrabble trade mark dispute between Mattel and Zynga was decided recently. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at what the decision means for brand owners and sets out the ways in which a trade mark can be infringed.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 April 2015 | Practice Area: Trademarks

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Landmark Google judgment on data protection: how the cookie crumbled in the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court judgment that three claimants resident in England can bring claims in England against Google for misuse of private information and breach of the Data Protection Act, a ruling which may have serious consequences for online advertisers and search engines.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 24 April 2015 | Practice Area: Regulators and Enforcement

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EU judgments: easy enforceability in England?

One of the central functions of a contract is to be able to enforce its obligations. Within the EU, under the new Recast Brussels Regulation, it is now easier, quicker and cheaper to enforce EU judgments within England and Wales. This Shoosmiths article looks at the key changes introduced.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 13 April 2015 | Practice Area: Remedies and Enforcement

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The price of justice: mitigating the impact of the new court fees

On 9 March, significant increases in the cost of issuing proceedings for money claims in the civil courts came into force. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the key implications of this development and sets out the important points to consider when issuing a claim.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 01 April 2015 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Social media sackings: what employers can learn from recent case law

Employers can find it difficult to deal with employees' use of social media, and such challenges are only likely to get harder to tackle. In this briefing, Shoosmith looks at the lessons to be learned from recent cases in which employees have been dismissed for social media-related conduct.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 March 2015 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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E-cigarettes in the workplace: tribunal decision shows employers must take action

A recent employment tribunal decision has highlighted how important it is for employers to include the use of e-cigarettes in their smoking policy. In this briefing, Shoosmiths sets out some recommended actions for employers to deal with the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 26 March 2015 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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Non-payment of bonus due to ill-health absence was disability discrimination

Many employers use 'trigger points' in their absence management policies whereby a certain level of absence results in a warning or some other sanction - but a recent decision demonstrates that linking bonuses to attendance may fall foul of disability discrimination law, as Shoosmiths explains.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 11 March 2015 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment

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